University of Pittsburgh

Professor Hellman Testifies Before U.S. House Judiciary Committee

Publish Date/Time: 
June 14, 2013


Arthur D. Hellman, Pitt’s Sally Ann Semenko Endowed Chair and professor of law, was invited to testify at a hearing before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. The subject of the spring hearing was “An Examination of the Judicial Conduct and Disability System.”

Hellman testified that the system of decentralized self-regulation that Congress established in 1980 “is sound and does not require fundamental restructuring. At the same time,” he said, “the experience of the past few years has revealed gaps and deficiencies in the regulatory regime that warrant attention.” He suggested statutory amendments dealing with three aspects of the system—transparency and disclosure, disqualification of judges, and review of orders issued by chief judges and judicial councils. Click here to read Hellman’s complete statement.

Hellman has achieved a national reputation as a scholar of the federal courts. He is one of the leading academic commentators on issues of federal judicial ethics, and his unique series of empirical studies on the operation of precedent in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. courts of appeals have been used as a basis for policy decisions at both the federal and state levels.

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